My name is Anna Van Kula and I am a sophomore on the Middlebury College women’s ice hockey team. I am an Economics major from Philadelphia, PA. As we enter March, our season is coming to a close. This past Saturday we played in the NESCAC quarterfinal game against Connecticut College. Despite a hard fought game, we were unable to pull out a win and ended up losing 2-1 in overtime. Although it was not the outcome we were anticipating or hoping for, our team played extremely well for over sixty minutes. Even though we lost, we are hoping to still get an at large bid to the NCAA playoffs. We will not hear until next week whether or not we get one but we are keeping a positive attitude and continuing to practice this week.
Before entering the NESCAC playoffs, we ended our league play undefeated in the NESCAC with a record of 12-0-4. We ended our league play with a home and home weekend against Williams midway through February. In our first game against Williams, we won a tough game at home 3-2. The following night we travelled to Williams to play. The game was tied after regulation but an extra five minutes could not provide any help for either team as the game ended tied 1-1.
Our last game of our regular reason was against Norwich. Despite an outstanding game played by goaltender Annabelle Jones, the team could not come out with a win, as the game ended 3-2 in favor of Norwich.
At Middlebury, we are in the midst of our Spring semester. Spring classes have been running for about three weeks now and everyone is getting back into the routine of schoolwork after a month of J-term classes.
Despite our most recent loss to Connecticut College, our team has accomplished a lot this year. Ending our league season undefeated and finishing with an overall record of 17-3-4 are only two things that exemplify the success of our team this year. Our team chemistry has grown over the year, as has our camaraderie on and off the ice. We have battled through obstacles throughout our season and overall come out stronger than we were at the beginning. As of right now we are just hoping for good news this coming weekend and a chance to prove ourselves in an appearance in NCAA play!